Ephesians 4:21-24 "if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."
In yesterday's post we considered why no one can properly define "what man is" apart from Jesus Christ. In today's post I thought we would flesh this out further by considering one of the reason why Jesus came to this world in His first Advent.
Transformation is central to Christianity because of what Jesus achieved as both God and man
As we draw this post to a close, we must ever remember that Jesus Christ retained His full-Deity when He came the first time. Unless Jesus Christ has been God, there would had been no way He would have had the power to Divinely change people's lives. With that said, we must also equally assert that Jesus Christ came to this world to take upon himself a fully human nature and retained such following His resurrection and ascension. Remarkably, unless Jesus Christ retained His full-humanity, He would not be capable of directly transforming the human life with whom He came to redeem and whom are united to His humanity by the Holy Spirit at saving faith. (2 Corinthians 12:12-13) The changes that take place and that are available in Jesus Christ are many and would not be possible to list in today's post. However the ability to be changed in one's spirit by the new birth and to experience emotional, physical, relational and societal healing, just to name a few of the many changes, is all made possible by what Jesus achieved as both God and man on the believer's behalf. This is only the beginning when it comes to thinking about how Jesus came to bring about changed humanity.